Abuse and threats hurled as murder accused remanded

Police and security had to separate members of the public when two men appeared in court on Tuesday charged with the murder of Bradley Lomax.

Both parties started arguing as Judge Neave called for order while police and court security stepped in to separate them, before being leading them from the court.

Supporters of Mr Lomax, who was found dead on the side of the Waimakariri River on September 4, hurled abuse at Kasha William Gosset, 35, a landscape gardener from Oxford.

Bradley Lomax. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

He did not apply for name suppression and was remanded in custody without plea.

A 30-year-old Mairehau man also appeared jointly charged with the alleged murder and was granted interim name suppression after defence counsel Josh Lucas said he has not had time to inform his family of the arrest.

Police did not oppose the application and he was remanded in custody without plea.

Both will appear in the High Court on September 29.

It has been reported Mr Lomax was shot and his body was found by a group four-wheel-driving on a Waimakariri riverbed, on Harrs Rd.

Both accused were arrested on Monday, the same day as Mr Lomax’s funeral where hundreds gathered to farewell him.

When Gosset first appeared in the dock he asked the supporters “how is it going” while smiling at them.

He was told to stop smiling in the dock by Mr Lomax’s supporters in the public gallery.

One told him, “I know where you live, and where your kids live.”

A supporter of Gosset then told them to “f**k up and “don’t threaten my kids”.

Both parties started arguing as Judge Neave called for order while police and court security stepped in to separate them, before being leading them from the court.

The argument could be heard in the foyer from the courtroom.

A woman told the 30-year-old “may Brad have justice on your soul” as he was led away into custody.

Detective Inspector Greg Murton said police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder and scene guards remain at two addresses in Rangiora and Oxford.

Scene examinations will continue at these addresses on Tuesday, he said.

It has been suggested Mr Lomax had been a member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club and recently left the gang.

The day before his body was found, Mr Lomax posted on his Facebook page: “Peace out people. The Brad shows [sic] over.”

A friend asked what he meant and Lomax replied: ”It means ima lay some bodys in the ground an make sure i make it count [sic].”

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